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Phoenix National Day of Action – February 28

Greetings,

PSAC members have been struggling for almost 2 years under the Phoenix pay system. The financial and emotional hardships faced by so many of our membership is inexcusable, and this government has not done enough to correct this situation. 

PSAC is demanding the government:

  • Step up the hiring process and permanently expand the compensation capacity both in the pay centres and in departments
  • Recognize that damages are owed to workers impacted by Phoenix
  • Dedicate staff to help employees understand their pay and figure out what they are owed
  • Stop recoveries of emergency salary advances until employees have received the pay they are owed
  • Recover only the net pay of overpayments, instead of the gross pay

On February 28th, PSAC will be holding a National Day of Action and we are asking members to organize a Local action that will send a statement to the government that we are tired of waiting for Phoenix to be fixed.

What: National Day of Action

When: February, 28, 2018

This could be a group picture with signs or statements of solidarity on social media, a workplace leaflet, or any action to draw attention to this critical issue. Materials have been developed for this Day of Action, so please contact your nearest PSAC Regional Office to obtain them.

In Solidarity,

Sharon DeSousa, PSAC Regional Executive Vice-President – Ontario 

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New rights for workers in Ontario

Workers in Ontario have won tremendous improvements to labour laws in this province.

One of these wins is that employers (under provincial jurisdiction), can no longer request doctors notes from workers when taking sick days (https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2017/06/08/sick-notes-to-be-banned-in-ontario-under-proposed-workplace-legislation.html).

The Ontario Federation of Labour has produced a booklet that outlines the new labour law changes. To download the booklet, visit: http://ofl.ca/wp-content/uploads/1121-Know-Your-New-RIghts-Then-and-Now-web.pdf

In Solidarity,

Sharon DeSousa, PSAC Ontario Regional Executive Vice-President 

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Make It Fair Campaign

The Ontario government is looking at overhauling labour laws in this province. This is an important opportunity to improve the basic working conditions of every single worker in Ontario.

The Labour movement and community organizations are lobbying for paid sick days for all workers in Ontario, as currently our province has no legislated mandatory paid sick days.

PSAC’s own healthy workplaces campaign has been fighting to protect our federal public service members’ sick days and it would be a major victory to extend paid sick days to every worker in Ontario.

PSAC Ontario is also supporting the campaign Fight for $15, which would see our minimum wage raised to $15 an hour. This is a battle for fairness that has been happening in the United States for some time and the movement has grown to Canada. 

Contrary to messages from right-wing lobby groups, increasing of the minimum wage has led to higher employment levels and improved economies in cities in the U.S. that have raised their minimum wage. But this is not just a financial issue, this is a matter of social justice because a full time worker should not be living in poverty.

Please send your messages of support directly to Premier Kathleen Wynne (premier@ontario.ca), Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care (ehoskins.mpp@liberal.ola.org) and Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour (kflynn.mpp@liberal.ola.org).

With your support we can make Ontario's labour laws fairer for everyone. 

In Solidarity,

Sharon DeSousa,

PSAC Regional Executive Vice-President – Ontario 

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Stop workplace violence

PSAC's "Stop workplace violence" content aims to raise awareness about workplace violence and bullying in the workplace.

The following are concrete tools for workers and union leaders to identify and address workplace violence:

Toolkit

What is workplace violence and bullying? What can you do about it?

Workplace violence and harassment have various definitions under federal and provincial legislation.

These are definitions of common words in the context of workplace violence and bullying.

As a union activist, there are many things you can do to address the issue of workplace violence, including ensuring that your workplace has a clear and accessible policy.  

If you are a victim of a violent incident, which includes harassment (“psychological harassment” in Quebec) or bullyingyou might be able to file a workers’ compensation claim.

In over half of all domestic violence cases, the violence is not confined to the home but continues at work.

Some hard numbers related to workplace violence.

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